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Got Geese? USDA Egg Oiling To Prevent Hatching In Mamaroneck

The Village of Mamaroneck has a contract with the USDA to eliminate geese from the community.
The Village of Mamaroneck has a contract with the USDA to eliminate geese from the community. Photo Credit: File photo

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Egg oiling has begun in the Village of Mamaroneck to control the goose population and reduce goose waste on parks and playing fields.

So far, 80 eggs found in 20 nests have been egg oiled, a non-lethal method that will reduce the number of eggs that hatch by coating them with edible vegetable oil.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking for goose eggs in the village waterfronts and parks, including the Mamaroneck Harbor, Harbor Island, the Mamaroneck River and the Sheldrake River.

Additionally, the village bought a field vacuum last summer to clean up goose feces off playing fields. It has cleared several cubic yards of it since March 1, when the USDA contract with the village went into effect. Egg oiling began April 15.

More eggs were found on private properties that the USDA couldn’t reach the owners. Some coastline residents and businesses have expressed interest in have the USDA come to their property to egg oil, according to the village. Therefore, if you have geese nesting and laying eggs on your property and you would like the eggs oiled to prevent them from hatching fill out and submit the attached form to the USDA. The fax number at USDA APHIS Wildlife Services is (518) 477-4899.

After the nesting season and the moulting season are over in mid- to late July, the village has said it will pursue other methods to scare away the geese. Originally, that included killing the geese, but criticism from animal rights activists and community members led the village to remove that option .

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